My Name is … Kris Schnell

Oregon transplant and local business owner

Posted 11/5/19

About me I'm originally from Oregon City, Oregon. After graduating high school there, I joined the U.S. Navy where I was a Seabee and I was an engineer's assistant in the Navy. Then I moved to …

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My Name is … Kris Schnell

Oregon transplant and local business owner

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About me

I'm originally from Oregon City, Oregon. After graduating high school there, I joined the U.S. Navy where I was a Seabee and I was an engineer's assistant in the Navy. Then I moved to Oxnard, California, and served five years there and ended up meeting my wife, Carmen. We have two children, Carmensita, or as I like to call her “Carmen Jr.,” and Landon. We moved to Parker in 2016. I'm a fee-only, noncommissioned investment adviser. I own the company Cogent Independent Advisors that has offices in Westlake Village in Ventura, California, and here in Parker. I'm the vice chair of the Downtown Business Alliance of Parker.

What brought us to Parker

We were looking for an area that had that suburban bubble, but yet close to a major metro area with a lot of things to do. I made a spreadsheet, because my wife and I can work anywhere, and we looked at every major metro area from Austin, Texas, westward, taking into account things like weather, things to do, home prices, job opportunities, the breadth and depth of the economy in the area, traffic, etc., and the Denver metro area won. Out of Denver metro, Parker won. We literally chose to be here. We didn't get moved here by work, we weren't born here, we chose to come here.

Why we want to stay

We love the people, No. 1. The weather, we love. We also love all the things there are to do. We love downtown Parker. We love the schools and just the overall quality of life.

Involvement in Downtown Business Alliance

Our goal, as an organization, is to help businesses downtown be as successful as possible by making downtown vibrant and keeping it vibrant. I've been in that position for two years. I had a lot of fun and met a lot of good people. We were responsible for a lot of things like the Chili Cook-Off and the Cornhole Tournament and we also are doing the weekly newsletter called “The Beat Newsletter” where people can go to DowntownParker.com and sign up for it.

What we do in our spare time

I love to watch college football, especially the Oregon Ducks. We love to travel. We love going to Breckenridge. Snowboarding is up there.

How we spend days off in fall

Definitely be watching football, for sure. I like the Broncos because they have Royce Freeman, who is an Oregon Duck, and Justin Hollens, but I think he's injured right now. If it's not cloudy, I'd like to be outside. We love going to go look at the leaves. We always want to be out and about doing things in Colorado.

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